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An American general is captured in the Middle East. His captors threaten to behead him within days. But moments before he is rendered unconscious during the attack, the general realizes that his unseen captors are American.

Gunnery Sergeant Kyle Swanson, a top-level Marine sniper, receives top-secret orders to rescue the general. But upon landing in the Iraqi desert, his men come under ferocious attack, and Swanson is the only one left alive. How did the enemy know details of a mission known only to a few top government officials?

Swanson soon realizes he is fighting a particularly ruthless and dangerous enemy: American mercenaries working with the White House. They're part of a clandestine conspiracy whose agenda is nothing less than total control of the American military.

Full of the kind of action that author Jack Coughlin lived during his career as a Marine sniper, Kill Zone marks the debut of an extraordinary writing team.

©2007 Jack Coughlin with Donald A. Davis; (P)2007 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC

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"Coughlin, ably assisted by coauthor Davis, tells a tight, suspenseful story, and Kyle's philosophical arc, from cool, detached professional to disillusioned, embittered loner, is well developed, with a substantial emotional payoff at the end. Here's hoping this is the first of many Swanson novels." (Booklist)

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Hats off Gunny

This book was filled with real examples of warfare and some old sayings I heard from Gunny Coughlin a few times during my deployments to Iraq with 3/4. I enjoyed this second book as much as I did the first, probably more so than most of the civilians who read it because I understand the language being spoken by the Marines. I laughed out loud many times during the read. Damn fine book.

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  • Boone
  • Georgetown, TX, United States
  • 11-18-07

Contrived transparency

I will start off by saying, if you have a few hours for a good exciting read… Buy it! That said, having read these authors other work I am amazed at the magnitude of transparency between the real Jack Coughlin (Mastery Gunny SGT/ Marine Scout Sniper ) and the main heroin. At some points you can’t help but shake your head and sigh, this book is like a fanciful overlay for Jack Coughlin’s book “Shooter” a historical account of his experiences in Iraq. If you are looking for a book about war, snipers, marines, ext I would highly recommend Shooter the authors other book however, this book is excellent!

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  • Carl
  • West Palm Beach, FL, United States
  • 03-04-09

A Bit to predictable and PC

Fun book but the characters aren't developed much. Good and Bad guys are black and white with almost no grays. Story is set in present day with a story about wanting to privatize the army something which the Bush Administration was doing to avoid using the draft and thereby being voted out. Of course the writer couldn't write about a President that was a C student, who lived off his fathers name, and was a draft dodger because that would not sound like the kind of president America should have. Instead this president is a scholar, a war hero, and actually had a mind of his own. It spoiled the story for me that he had to make such a fairy tale of a President as if he were writing your typical spy thriller in the 50's and early 60's.
The reader was great but some of the material was a bit dry and trying to be to technical ala Clancy but without his flair.
Fun escapist read if that is what you are in a mood for but don't expect to think about it much afterwords.

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  • James
  • Brookfield, CT, United States
  • 04-05-08


I will say that this book reminded me of another book I have read/listened to, but I can not recall the title. I will say it was perfect for a nice long drive to listen to.

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